Lac la Biche Shoreline Stewardship Project

The project integrates and implements the recommendations identified in the 2009 Lac la Biche Watershed Management Plan. Through better understanding Lac la Biche’s ecology and how people relate to it socially and economically, we can improve lake and land use decision-making through a collaborative lake management planning strategy. Healthy watersheds are important to healthy communities.

Condominium Education Project – Phase One

This project will increase the knowledge of Albertans with regards to their rights and obligations under the condominium law. Phase One will result in plain language resources, including a website, what will make consumers aware of their rights and obligations under the law, and increase the capacity of consumers to enforce those rights by enhancing access to accurate legal information and community resources.

Traversing Terrain and Experience: The Atlas and Educator’s Guide of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds

Traversing Terrain and Experience: The Atlas of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds tells a story of place. It serves as a tool to connect people to place by exploring the connections between landscape and experience throughout the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds of Alberta. The accompanying innovative and interactive Educator’s Guide provides teachers with an in-depth curriculum-connected series of lessons and activities to seamlessly fit into their classroom, making their students’ learning local and relevant.

University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design Senior Research Studio on Medium Density Residential Options for Calgary’s Established Communities

This project will look at alternative models of market rate condominium development in established communities. It is being conducted in the context of a senior graduate level architecture  research studio in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. At least ten concept designs will be developed in conjunction with industry and community groups to demonstrate  how medium density projects can fit into our existing neighborhoods.

Beyond Market-Based Land Values

Beyond Market-Based Land Values – Using a Long-term, Cumulative Effects Modelling Exercise to Measure Ecological Values of Sustainable Ranching
“Buy land, they’re not making it any more.” ~ Mark Twain Mr. Twain’s sparse words, as usual, speak volumes, and bring immediately to mind what we value about land – our finite vistas, natural habitats, and open spaces; however, this finite resource also provides other essential values that are only more recently drawing our attention: the complex suite of ecosystem services that sustain life. Certainly in Alberta’s predominantly agricultural prairie region, land values are beginning to reflect these services (e.g., environmentally well-managed ranches are often more highly assessed); but, in order to more accurately and inclusively reflect the full suite of land values we need to a.) Measure these values (and thus, bring greater clarity to defining “well managed”), and b.) Use these measures to guide future management. Through a broad-scale cumulative effects modelling exercise in a largely rural agricultural (ranch/farm) area of southern Alberta, we will provide first steps to finding answers to these questions and the solutions to moving forward – the value of our land leaves us no choice.

Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Alberta!

This is a project to engage and build the capacity of community stakeholders in AB to design and collaboratively implement Community Energy Plans (CEPs) based on the principles of Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES), which offer significantly more resilient, healthy and sustainable communities. The objectives are to: assess the situation in AB related to CEPs; determine the most effective approach to supporting AB communities in this process; and to facilitate engagement and collaboration between community stakeholders and the real estate sector.


Community Energy

Alberta Green Condo Champions Initiative

Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) developed the Green Condo Champions initiative to provide condominium directors with strategic, technical and financial knowledge and support needed to advance energy efficiency retrofits in the Toronto market. With a growing condo market in Alberta and changes to Alberta’s Condominium Property Act scheduled for 2014, it is an opportune time to bring this program to Alberta with the goal of helping condo owners save money and reduce their impact on the environment. This project will draw on TAF’s experience existing materials, and on Pembina’s knowledge of the Alberta market and energy efficiency opportunity to support condominiums and create a guide and network of experts that can promote and facilitate successful energy efficiency upgrades in Alberta’s condo sector.

The Bow & Beyond Initiative- Moving Upstream

Western Sky’s Bow & Beyond – Moving Upstream Is a focused landowner outreach and conservation program designed to engage all landowners along the Bow & Elbow Rivers upstream from Calgary to the national and provincial parks. The ultimate goal of this outreach Is that It wlll lead to the conservation of 3000 acres of riverfront land In perpetuity, which contributes to the sustainability and integrity of the Bow watershed, provides intrinsic environmental and economic benefits as well as community resiliency.

This two yearlong initiative will give approximately 250 landowners knowledge and options to voluntary conserve their land in perpetuity, which in turn protects vital riparian land and important river corridors, contributing to the vitality and biodiversity of the region.

Sustainable Recreation Through Understanding Albertans’ Views of Nature and Recreation

This project is phase one of a project exploring best practices for recreation in Alberta. Phase one aim to understand Albertans’ views of nature and recreation and outdoor recreational activities. This project will be used to inform land use planning in Alberta such that the views and needs of all Albertans are used in achieving sustainable recreation and conservation planning.

Urban Policy Program

The School of Public Policy’s newly established Urban Program engages in research and outreach activities (conferences, roundtables, and media events) on the public policy issues that affect mid-sized cities (500,000 to 2 million) in Canada.

Our analysis of the policy issues concerning urban growth, land use, infrastructure, taxation, and environmental quality, amongst others, will increase public dialogue around real estate practices, housing markets, and the fiscal and regulatory policies of urban governments.

The School of Public Policy is uniquely positioned to focus and coordinate the expertise of academics and those with practical experience in the field of urban develop and policy formulation to fill significant gaps in our understanding of urban policy issues in medium-sized cities.

Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program

The funding extension would allow us to continue to help Albertans understand housing law by providing easy to understand legal information through the website, resources and workshops. Our services are timely, practical and available across the province, which means we provide help to rural people and to vulnerable audiences who do not have other housing or legal help available to them.

Operation and Maintenance of Private Wastewater Systems Workshop – Pilot Workshop Development

The average person puts 340 litres of sewage through a private sewage system (septic system) every day. For a family of four living in a two-bedroom house, that amounts to 1,360 litres per day and just under half a million litres per year. The last Alberta census shows that rural residential landowners represent 14% of Alberta’s population. The decisions of those acreage owners about how to manage and maintain their septic systems have the potential to have a significant cumulative effect on the Alberta landscape.

Neighbourhood Profiles

To develop and disseminate neighborhood profiles which will be available to community groups, city departments, civic promoters, property developers, residents and home buyers. These narratives provide basic demographic information about specific about specific neighborhoods but also capture and describe “stories” that reflect the deeper community background of each neighborhood.

Banff Western Connection Conference 2015

Banff Western Connection Conference 2015

Industry and Community Sponsorship 2015

Industry and Community Sponsorship 2015